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Engineering & Skills

Engineering & Skills

Engineering is at the core of Phoenix's operations. The Engineering & Skills programme has a strong focus on supporting the development of gas engineers and offering advice and guidance to Northern Ireland's potential engineers of the future.

Phoenix has also been instrumental in the setting up of the Irish section of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers. 

Groups from schools and universities are regular visitors to Phoenix and during these visits those involved benefit from seeing operations and and hearing presentations from senior engineering managers. 

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Phoenix has been a long-time leading proponent and supporter of the need for an educational focus on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). These are subjects that the government has idenitified as being key to a successful future economy.

A large amount of work has been done to date to encourage people to consider a career in engineering, including school visits, pupil tours of Phoenix's operations and guest lectures by senior Phoenix personnel at Colleges and Universities. Phoenix played a prominent role in the setting up of Northern Ireland’s first ever gas sector skills qualification several years ago in conjunction with Belfast Metropolitan College and Energy & Utility Skills.

Also the company played a key supporting role in the initial setting up of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) Irish Section. IGEM continues to see its membership grow throughout the island of Ireland. Its popularity is largely down to the growing importance of gas in Ireland's energy mix and the fact that engineers and managers working within the industry are increasingly keen to adopt a proactive approach to accreditation, training and development.

Apprenticeships

Over the last 13 years Phoenix Gas has taken on around 100 apprentices from throughout local communities in Northern Ireland.

Phoenix employs over 50 Engineers and amongst our current staff 60% of its fully qualified gas energy services engineers have come through the Phoenix apprenticeship programme.

The Phoenix scheme is an employer led apprenticeship with successful applicants obtaining a contract of employment from day one.

The scheme has no age barriers; apprentices can be aged anywhere between 16 and 60.

Phoenix played a prominent role in the setting up of Northern Ireland’s first ever gas sector skills qualification in conjunction with Belfast Metropolitan College and Energy & Utility Skills.

Since Phoenix formed the gas industry in Northern Ireland an indigenous independent local industry has grown to employ around 3,000 people. These include – gas installers, retailers, training centres, manufacturers and merchants.

In the last year Phoenix provided training and skill development to over 2,000 local independent gas installers/engineers, which aided opportunities for growth for individual businesses and business start-up for others who then generated total turnover for the year in excess of 30m. Phoenix acts as an incubator to these local small independent companies.

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